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Marco Donadel

Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 17.20CET
ACF Fiorentina
Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 17.20CET

Marco Donadel

ACF Fiorentina

A consistent, authoritative defensive midfielder with a ferocious long-range shot, Marco Donadel has been an ACF Fiorentina player since 2005, when he joined the Viola from AC Milan following a succession of loan moves. He was the captain of Italy's 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship-winning team.

• Came through the youth ranks at Milan and made Serie A debut in March 2001 aged 17 but struggled to make first-team breakthrough and was despatched on season-long loan to US Lecce in 2002/03.

• Helped Lecce win promotion to Serie A but spent 2003/04 campaign on loan at Parma FC, where Cesare Prandelli was the coach and Alberto Gilardino the main striker.

• Despite representative successes in 2004 - with the Azzurrini in Germany, where he played all five matches for Claudio Gentile's triumphant team, and at Athens Olympic Games, where he won a bronze medal – he was sent out on loan again, to UC Sampdoria.

• Reunited with Prandelli at Fiorentina in 2005 and became a mainstay of team, reaching UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 2007/08 and helping club to successive fourth-place finishes in next two Serie A campaigns.

• Just one UEFA Champions League appearance in 2008/09 but all six in 2009/10 group stage (four from start) as Fiorentina qualified for last 16 as group winners.

Did you know?
Donadel was born in Conegliano, the birthplace of Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

Last updated: 26/01/10 11.32CET

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